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  1. Norwich MP pays tribute to killed colleague Jo Cox
  2. Fresh devolution plans announced
  3. Updates on Friday, 17 June 2016

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By Patrick Byrne

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Patrick Byrne

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That's it from the Norfolk Live team on Friday, so goodbye. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

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Chloe Smith: Jo Cox death 'deeply upsetting'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has paid tribute to her parliamentary colleague Jo Cox, who was fatally shot after a constituency surgery in Yorkshire yesterday.

Chloe Smith

"Jo's murder is shocking and saddening," she said. "To learn of a fellow MP being attacked so brutally whilst serving her local community is deeply upsetting.

"I hold lots of surgeries, often in libraries and other public places so that it's convenient for constituents. I'm personally well aware of the balance between safety and accessibility.

"Sadly, I have experienced instances of unacceptable aggression, like when I received a 'white powder' threat envelope which then closed off a whole office building in Norwich."

Weather: Clear periods but rain expected

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It will be mainly dry with clear intervals, but cloud thickening from the north and periods of rain spreading in during the night.

Weather chart

Cloudy with patchy rain during tomorrow morning, and then drier into the afternoon but with a few light showers. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Luxembourg arrest in double murder case after police tip off

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A man suspected of being involved in a double murder of a couple in Suffolk has been arrested in Luxembourg.

Sylvia and Peter Stuart
Suffolk Police

Ali Qazimaj, 42, was detained at a hostel in Luxembourg by police alerted by a worker who had seen his picture on the internet. He is wanted in connection with the deaths of Sylvia and Peter Stuart, who were reported missing on 3 June.  

The couple were last seen together at a Norfolk farm shop on 29 May, days before Mr Stuart's body was found near his home in Weybread. Mrs Stuart has yet to be found.

Police are now seeking Mr Qasimaj's deportation under a European Arrest Warrant.

Devolution: Infrastructure upgrades proposed

As part of the deal the government re-affirms its commitment to improving rail services in the region, with a promise that the Ely North junction will be improved by 2024. 


It also talks about fulfilling its promise to dual the A47 and provide a new crossing in Great Yarmouth. 

The devolution deal will have to be approved by the relevant county councils and all or most of the district councils. 

If it is approved, the government will launch a consultation with a final go-ahead given in October. 

If one area decides not to go for devolution, it will still go ahead in the area which says yes.

Devolution: How much money will each county get?

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Norfolk and Suffolk deal is worth £880m over 30 years. The authority will get £25m every year for economic growth and £130m over five years to support the building of new homes. 

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough deal is worth £770m and includes £25m a year for the next 30 years to support economic growth, plus £170m over the next five years for new homes. 

East Anglia devolution deal published

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

A revised devolution deal for East Anglia worth £1.6bn over 30 years has been published. 

It would see two separate authorities and two directly elected mayors - for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk and Suffolk.

East Anglia flag

They would get control over house building and road maintenance in the region, plus get a major say over new roads, flood defences, bus services, the roll-out of broadband, the provision of training and health services. 

The deal will be put to every council in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire over the next fortnight. 

The two authorities will not replace existing councils but will take on new powers from the government.

Violent and abusive phone call from man left MP's assistant terrorised

Tom Bateman

Political Correspondent, Millbank

A former assistant to Norwich North MP Chloe Smith described how a frightening phone call left her terrorised.

Abuse image

"I picked up the phone and it was a man who was from a guess I would say probably quite disturbed, screaming, screaming down the phone that he was coming for me and that he was going to eat me like a wolf," Katie Pruszyski said. 

CCTV and panic buttons were also installed in the constituency office after an "extremely frightening" incident in which a colleague opened a package containing white powder which spilled over her. 

The incidents were dealt with by the police.

Constituency offices can attract violence and abuse, MP's former assistant

Tom Bateman

Political Correspondent, Millbank

A former assistant to Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has described to the BBC how constituency offices can attract violent characters and other abuse leaving staff at risk.

A warning to improve MP's security has been made by police after the fatal shooting of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

Corbyn tribute

Katie Pruszyski said: "I think quite reasonably and understandably they (MPs) are a lightning rod for people's frustration, their anger and sometimes quite substantial feelings of despair about their own personal situation. 

"Quite often the MP is that public face of somebody that's quite easy to access but quite easy to blame. Almost every office of an MP could give you a story about abusive emails or phone calls coming into the office."

MP's assistant describes threats made while at work

Tom Bateman

Political Correspondent, Millbank

In the wake of a call by police for MPs and their staff to be more aware of their security, a former constituency worker in Norwich has described two incidents which frightened her.

Chloe Smith
Conservative Party

The security alert has been the result of the death of MP Jo Cox, who was shot and killed after holding a constituency surgery. 

Katie Pruszynski, a former assistant to Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, has told the BBC about an incident when she was threatened in a phone call from an abusive man and also when a suspicious package with white powder inside was sent to her.

Oates has unfinished Olympic business

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk judoka Colin Oates says he won't be satisfied unless he wins a medal at the Olympics. 

The North Lopham man finished seventh at London 2012 and has now been confirmed as part of the Great Britain team for Rio.

Colin Oates
Getty Images

Oates told the BBC: "I wouldn't be happy with top eight, I wouldn't be happy with fifth. The only target for me is to be on that rostrum."

Weather: Heavy showers dying away

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Heavy showers will soon die away.

Weather chart

Overnight there will be some outbreaks of light rain

Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Paperless tickets: Watch how it works

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Passengers using Abellio Greater Anglia trains can now travel without a paper ticket on a number of routes. The company has installed barcode readers. It means e-tickets can be scanned direct from mobile devices.

Greater Anglia introduces paperless tickets

Paperless train tickets en route after £3m investment

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Abellio Greater Anglia has launched paperless train tickets.  

Passengers can already buy tickets via their smart phones, but now the train operator has installed barcode readers at gates so they can scan them as they pass through.

Greater Anglia train

The company says the investment will help reduce queues at ticket machines and gates, although the technology is not yet in place at London Liverpool Street.

A spokesperson said the new technology would enhance the system but would not replace traditional ticketing. For those without smart phones, tickets can still be purchased at stations in the usual way.

Rare swallowtail butterflies set up new home at RSPB fen centre

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Swallowtail butterflies, rare but regular summertime visitors to Norfolk, have been seen in larger than expected numbers at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen.

Swallowtail butterfly
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

They are feeding along the riverbank, Lackford Run and the fen boardwalk and should continue to show as long as there is warm sun and little wind. 

Manager Tim Strudwick said they were celebrities attracting people from as far away as Plymouth and Edinburgh, who wanted to see the "largest, rarest and most beautiful butterfly".

In sports news: Snell backs Debenham LC's new chairman to succeed

Diss Express

And here is the back page of today's Diss Express:

Dis Express back page
Diss Express

In the news: What a welcome!

Diss Express

The front page of today's Diss Express focuses on the Women's Tour:

Diss Express front page
Diss Express

'Less and less likely' missing woman will be found alive, say police

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Suffolk Police says it is "less and less likely" that 69-year-old Sylvia Stuart is still alive, and the force is treating the case as a double murder inquiry.

Couple on CCTV
Norfolk Police

She was last seen with her husband at a farm shop in Pulham Market at the end of May. The body of her husband, Peter, was found with stab wounds in woodland near their home in Weybread.

Police "strongly believe" Kosovan national Ali Qazimaj, 42, who lived in Tilbury and uses an alias of Marco Costa, holds the key to finding Mrs Stuart. 

His car was found at Dover and police believe he boarded a ferry unaccompanied to Calais.

A press conference at 15:00 is expected to provide an update either on the location of Mrs Stuart, or news on Mr Qazimaj.

Breaking'Significant' update expected on Weybread investigation

A "significant update" on the investigation into the murder of Peter Stuart and the disappearance of his wife Sylvia is to be given at a Suffolk Police press conference at 15:00 this afternoon, police say.

Relatives attend WW2 airman's grave re-dedication in Netherlands

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The final resting place of an RAF Wellington Bomber wireless operator has been rededicated nearly 75 years after his aircraft was shot down.

Sgt James Bent
Crown Copyright

Sgt James Bent, 23, was in the bomber when it took off from RAF Marham in Norfolk in July 1941. It crashed into the North Sea after being shot down by a German fighter. 

Three crew members washed up in the Netherlands and were buried, but Sgt Bent's body was not identified until last year. 

His relatives attended a rededication of his grave at Schiermonnikoog Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the Netherlands, which is where the other crew members were buried.

Norfolk boxer tipped for world title shot

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Boxing promoter Frank Warren says Cromer's Liam Walsh has what it takes to become a world champion "in the near future". 

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The British and Commonwealth super featherweight champion had been tipped to defend his titles against Martin J. Ward.   

But Warren has used his blog to say that he feels Walsh is now beyond that level and wants to organise a final eliminator for a world title shot. 

Hawk and Owl Trust decides to leave peregrine falcon nest site cameras live

BBC Radio Norfolk

The Hawk and Owl Trust has changed its mind over switching off the cameras overlooking the peregrine falcon nesting site at Norwich Cathedral.

Nigel Middleton, from the trust, said: "After careful consideration we have decided to leave the Norwich Peregrine cameras live. 

"Although I had made a statement on radio Norfolk earlier in the week saying we would shut them down on Friday."

Peregrine nest cameras switch off considered after fledglings attacked

BBC Radio Norfolk

Cameras overlooking Norwich Cathedral's peregrine falcons are due to be switched off, and the viewing point is closed today.

Peregrine empty nest
Hawk and Owl Trust

The step has been taken by the Hawk and Owl Trust after two fledglings were killed by an unknown female peregrine, and the remaining ones were taken into care after being attacked. 

Nigel Middleton, from the trust, said there was nothing left to see but they would still keep an eye on the nesting box on the cathedral spire.

Stars speedway meeting postponed

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars Elite League speedway meeting at Coventry, which was due to take place tonight, has been called off. 

A waterlogged track meant The Bees were able to make an early call this morning. 

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The two clubs are due to meet in Norfolk next Wednesday night. By then The Stars will have gone three weeks without a meeting. 

MEP believes representatives should be 'with the people'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Richard Howitt, MEP for the East of England, says it's essential MPs and MEPs are able to meet with the people they represent, despite suggestions for a security review in the wake of Jo Cox's death.

Richard Howitt

He said: "It's a fundamental of our democracy that we who represent the people are part of the people and are with them and talking with them - listening to them as to what they want us to do. 

"You have a window into their lives. They give you their real hopes, their real lives, their real aspirations.

"It's a fascinating and wonderful thing to be able to get that insight."

Burst water main closes school for day

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Norfolk County Council has announced Fred Nicholson School in the Toftwood area of Dereham has closed for the day, due to a burst water main.

Fred Nicholson School

The school, with about 140 pupils, should be back to normal on Monday. The council has apologised for the inconvenience.

Former Oxfam colleague says Jo Cox 'spoke out for those with no voice'

Nick Conrad

BBC Radio Norfolk

A Norfolk man who worked with Jo Cox for four years has paid tribute to the MP, who was killed in her constituency yesterday.

Tribute to Jo Cox

Jo Cox was elected as a Labour MP at the last general election. She'd previously been head of policy at Oxfam and was a leading human rights campaigner.

Ben Margolis, who lives near Swaffham and worked with Mrs Cox at Oxfam, said her death was "such a waste". 

"She cared about human life and what she could do to protect it," he said. "She listened carefully to those who had no voice and represented those people in her Oxfam work and as an MP."

A 52-year-old man has been arrested in connection with her death.

Ed Balls pays tribute to shot MP as 'wonderful mum'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Former shadow chancellor and now chairman of Norwich City FC, Ed Balls, has paid tribute to MP Jo Cox.

Jo Cox

He said Jo was a passionate MP and "a wonderful mum" who devoted her career to people's issues. 

Mrs Cox also worked closely with Mr Ball's wife, the Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who praised her ability to quell political arguments.

Weather: Heavy thundery showers expected

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Showers will develop during the morning, with the south of the county having the heaviest rainfall - with thunder expected around localised downpours.

Near the coast, showers will be few and far between and quite a sunny day is expected. 

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Norwich South MP pays tribute to colleague shot in constituency

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

MP Jo Cox, who was killed outside a library in Birstall, west Yorkshire, where she had held a constituency surgery, was a close colleague of Norwich MP Clive Lewis, who paid tribute to her as a "genuinely decent, nice person".

Jo Cox

He received a text message from her a few days ago saying he had been missed at a party she had held. Mr Lewis said he often went for a coffee with her and they worked together in the House of Commons.

"She was a popular, hard-working and outspoken member of parliament, especially on Syria where she cared deeply about its people," he said.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage for Norfolk

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Friday's Norfolk Live. 

The county's MPs are stunned at the loss of a colleague in a shooting in Yorkshire.

Labour MP Jo Cox was hailed as a rising star of British politics but she died yesterday after being shot and stabbed by a man outside a library in Birstall, near Leeds, where she held her constituency surgery. 

We'll bring you tributes from Norfolk's MPs soon, plus between now and 18:00 we'll bring you all the day's other news, sport, weather and travel.

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